Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by the marvelous Tressa at Wishful Endings to spotlight and discuss upcoming release we are excited about that we have yet to read.
A series of strange cold-case ritual murders leads Maui detective Kali Māhoe on a trail of legendary vengeful spirits and more human monsters in paradise.
Kali Māhoe, Hawaiian cultural expert and detective with the Maui Police Department, has been called to a bizarre crime scene. In the recesses of a deep trench on Lana’i Island, a derelict refrigerator has been unearthed. Entombed inside are the skeletal remains of someone buried decades ago. Identification is a challenge. The body is headless, the skull replaced with a chilling adornment: a large, ornately carved wooden pineapple.
The old field soon yields more long-buried secrets, and Kali is led along an increasingly winding path that brings to light an unlikely suspect, an illegal cock-fighting organization, and a strange symbol connected to a long-disbanded religious cult. Her task is to dispel the dark shadows lingering over the Palawai Basin plains, and to solve a puzzle that no one wants exposed by the bright, hot tropical light.
To discover the answer, Kali will be drawn deeper in the mysteries of the island’s ancient legends—stories that tell of an enraged rooster god and man-eating monsters. For Kali, a detective of sound logic and reason, it’s not easy to consider the unknown for explanations for what appears to be a series of illogical links in a twisting chain of deadly events. Or safe. Because the dormant pineapple fields of Lana’i have yet to give up their darkest and most terrifying secrets. [Goodreads Summary]
Why I want to read this: It is hard to resist a Hawaii setting or a cold case of ritual murder. This sounds like it will be an intriguing mystery. I cannot wait to see what Kali uncovers. And hopefully the victims will find justice in the end.
Release Date: May 25, 2021 by Avon
New York Times and USA Today bestseller Alyssa Cole’s second Runaway Royals novel is a queer Anastasia retelling, featuring a long-lost princess who finds love with the female investigator tasked with tracking her down.
Makeda Hicks has lost her job and her girlfriend in one fell swoop. The last thing she’s in the mood for is to rehash the story of her grandmother’s infamous summer fling with a runaway prince from Ibarania, or the investigator from the World Federation of Monarchies tasked with searching for Ibarania’s missing heir.
Yet when Beznaria Chetchevaliere crashes into her life, the sleek and sexy investigator exudes exactly the kind of chaos that organized and efficient Makeda finds irresistible, even if Bez is determined to drag her into a world of royal duty Makeda wants nothing to do with.
When a threat to her grandmother’s livelihood pushes Makeda to agree to return to Ibarania, Bez takes her on a transatlantic adventure with a crew of lovable weirdos, a fake marriage, and one-bed hijinks on the high seas. When they finally make it to Ibarania, they realize there’s more at stake than just cash and crown, and Makeda must learn what it means to fight for what she desires and not what she feels bound to by duty. [Goodreads Summary]
Why I want to read this: I have a copy of the first in this series which I am eager to read, and then when I saw the description of this one, an Anastasia re-telling, I want to read it too.
Does either of these books interest you? What upcoming releases are you looking forward to reading?
I have an embarrassing number of unread books sitting on the shelves in my personal library. Carole of Carole's Random Life in Books has given me the perfect excuse to spotlight and discuss those neglected books in her Books from the Backlog feature. After all, even those older books need a bit of love! Not to mention it is reminding me what great books I have waiting for me under my own roof still to read!
Anju is the daughter of an upper-caste Calcutta family; her cousin Sudha is the daughter of the black sheep of the family. Sudha is as beautiful, tenderhearted, and serious as Anju is plain, whip-smart, and defiant. yet since the day they were born, Sudha and Anju have been bonded in ways even their mothers cannot comprehend.
The cousins' bond is shattered, however, when Sudha learns a dark family secret. Urged into arranged marriages, their lives take sudden, opposite turns: Sudha becomes the dutiful daughter-in-law of a rigid small-town household, while Anju goes to America with her new husband and learns to live her own life of secrets. Then tragedy strikes them both, and the women discover that, despite the distance that has grown between them, they have only each other to turn to. Set in the two worlds of India and America, this is an exceptionally moving novel of love, friendship, and compelling courage. [Goodreads Summary]
Why I want to read this: Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni has been on my must read author list for a long while. Sister of My Heart has been sitting on my TBR shelf for several years. I really must read it one of these days.
Have you read Sister of My Heart? Does this book sound like something you would like to read?
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I've never read a mystery set in Hawaii so The Bone Field sounds very interesting!ReplyDelete
Eustacia - I love the Hawaii setting. I hope it will be good! Thank you for visiting.Delete
That first one has a beautiful cover! Hope you get to read these soon!ReplyDelete
Lisa Loves Literature
Lisa - It is beautiful, isn't it? I just want to step right in. Thank you for stopping by!Delete
The Bone Field. The only way I'll ever visit Hawaii is by book. :)ReplyDelete
Jenclair - Maybe someday you will make it there in person. :-) But book visits are good too. Thank you for visiting!Delete
Love the sound of Sister of My Heart - I haven't heard of it before and wow, it's also part of a series. So I'll be checking it out.ReplyDelete
Athira - I have heard Divakaruni's books are beautiful but on the slow side which might be why I haven't yet picked this one up. It does sound really good and hopefully I will be in the right mood for it sooner than later. Thank you for stopping by!Delete
You can't go wrong with Alyssa Cole. Hope you enjoy all these books!ReplyDelete
Alicia - I have heard such good things about Alyssa Cole's books. I look forward to giving her a try. Thank you for visiting!Delete
The Bone Field and Sister of My Heart - two so opposite genres but equally attractive to read. I am making a note of both authors. Divakaruni has another book available on Netgalley btw.ReplyDelete
Mystica - Yes, very different books but both sounding very good. I will look for Divakaruni's new book on NetGalley. Thanks for letting me know! Thank you for stopping by.Delete
A cold case mystery set in Hawaii? Yes, please! The Bone Field sounds awesome and that cover is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing! :)ReplyDelete
Ashley - I think so too! I hope it will be good. Thank you for visiting!Delete
I really need to tackle some of the books sitting on my shelves. I think I've only read 2 this whole year...and that's a little sad. But there's just so many library books I want to read first! :DReplyDelete
Lark - I'm slowly doing that. I have so many newer books too though. Thank you for stopping by!Delete
These both look so good. I especially am interested in the Bone Field. I do love mysteries.ReplyDelete
Yvonne - Me too! Thank you for visiting!Delete
All of these sound great! And I hope you will end up loving them when you read the books.ReplyDelete
Stephanie - I hope I will too! Thank you for stopping by. :-)Delete
Oh wow I LOVE the cover on that first one - instantly made me want to read it lol!! Hope you enjoy these as you get to them!ReplyDelete
Penelope - Isn't it beautiful? I wish I could step right inside that cover. Thank you for visiting!Delete
I had never heard of Sisters of the Heart, but now I MUST read it. Thanks for bringing it to my attention!ReplyDelete
Melinda - I hope you enjoy Sisters of Heart when you read it. Thank you for stopping by!Delete
I love the sound of a Hawaiian mystery and also the paranormal elements!ReplyDelete
Greg - Doesn't it sound good? I look forward to reading it. Thank you for visiting!Delete
All three of these are new to me. I love how varied your picks are this week. The Bone Field sounds like one that I would really enjoy.ReplyDelete
Carole - I look forward to giving it a try. Thank you for stopping by!Delete
It is definitely hard to resist a Hawaiian setting -- I very much want to read that! And an Anastasia retelling? NICE!ReplyDelete
Verushka - I am excited about reading all of these. Thank you for visiting!Delete
The Bone Field sounds really interesting. I'm excited for How to Find a Princess!ReplyDelete
Amber Elise - I hope both will be great reads. Thank you for stopping by!Delete
Divakaruni sounds captivating for a womens' story and I really want to read that Anastasia retelling from Alyssa Cole.ReplyDelete
Great picks and looks like you have some good reading lined up.
Sophia Rose - Thank you!Delete
Definitely interested in The Bone Field. I love the Hawaii setting. Hope you enjoy them all!ReplyDelete
Laura - I love the Hawaii setting too. Thank you for visiting!Delete
the bone field sounds right up my alley. hope it's a good oneReplyDelete
sherry @ fundinmental
Sherry - I hope so too! Thank you for stopping by!Delete
The Bone Field sounds intriguing so I'll have to check out this book. :)ReplyDelete
Melody - I hope you enjoy it if you read it! Thank you for visiting!Delete